July 17 Energy News

July 17, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Advanced Clean Fleets Rule Could Transform California” • The Advance Clean Fleets rule promises to be an essential step to eliminating fossil fuel truck pollution. But as proposed by the California Air Resources Board, it  does not go far enough and would only result in a fraction of the trucks being zero emission by 2045. It needs improvement. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a truck (Image courtesy of Greenlots)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Industrialized Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Foundation Demonstration Project Is A World’s First” • The TetraSpar full-scale demonstration project is the first industrialized system for building and deploying offshore wind turbine foundations. The foundation is fully modular, and can be assembled relatively easily at the port grounds. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind-Assisted Ship Propulsion Can Transform Marine Transport” • Answering the call for a greening of the shipping sector, a new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs is working on feasibility of several efficient wind-assisted ship propulsion devices and the full integration with vessel trading operation and financing models. [CleanTechnica]

Maersk Pelican, with wind-assisted ship propulsion (Wikipedia)

World:

¶ “German floods: How a country was taken by surprise” • Prof Hannah Cloke, a hydrologist who set up and now advises the European Flood Awareness System – an EU program designed to provide early warnings of dangerous floods – said alerts were sent to authorities in Europe over the weekend. Some authorities failed to relay warnings to people, however. [BBC]

¶ “Record Rainfall Leaves Over 120 Dead In Western Europe, Devastating Parts Of Germany” • Catastrophic flooding has killed more than 120 people in western Europe, with hundreds more missing, authorities said. Large-scale rescue efforts continue amid rising water, landslides, and power outages. Entire villages are underwater in Germany and Belgium. [CNN]

Damage from flooding (Rhein-Erft District Bereg Köln)

¶ “Azerbaijan Oil Company Examines Floating Wind Benefits” • Azerbaijan state oil company Socar is cooperating with Technip Energies on offshore sustainable energy development, including a joint pilot project for floating wind turbines. The pilot project envisages energy supply for upstream operations in the Caspian Sea, Socar said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Volkswagen Plans To Up Its EV Game” • Volkswagen is upping its EV game again. This week, it revealed its New Auto strategy, which envisions half of all sales to be EVs by 2030. A company press release speaks of €1.2 trillion in expected sales by 2030. The plan includes a focus on “mechatronics,” whatever the heck that is! [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.4 (Image from vw.com)

¶ “Germany To Install No Offshore Turbines In 2021” • No new offshore wind turbines will be installed in Germany this year, for the first time in 10 years, according to German industry groups. The expansion gap is not an expression of a lack of interest from investors or a lack of strength from industry, but a consequence of political decisions, the groups said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Solar Supporters Split Over How To Make Electricity Grid Fairer” • In March, the Australian Energy Market Commission proposed a change to give network providers the power to charge people who export electricity into the grid at times when it is not needed. It argued this would make the system fairer. The proposal has proved divisive. [The Guardian]

Solar array (Sungrow EMEA, Unsplash)

¶ “India Sets Target Of 450 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity By 2030: RK Singh” • Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy Shri Singh informed that India has already touched 200 GW of demand even when the effects of COVID-19 was still there. He said India has taken on a target of 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. [Devdiscourse]

US:

¶ “Drought In The Southwest Could Be Making Monsoon Flooding Worse” • Monsoon rains brought extreme flash floods to the Southwest this week, with scenes of vehicles bobbing down neighborhood roads like rafts on class three rapids. Experts say the historic Western drought is to blame, making the soil less like a sponge and more like pavement. [CNN]

Monsoon clouds (Chaz McGregor, Unsplash)

¶ “Pipeline Operator Kinder Morgan To Buy Kinetrex Energy In Green Energy Push” • Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc said it would buy renewable natural gas developer Kinetrex Energy from an affiliate of Parallel49 Equity for $310 million to expand into green energy. The company is being pressured by investors to do more about climate change. [Reuters]

¶ “NYC Buying Seven Electric Garbage Trucks” • Garbage trucks, with straightforward and clear range requirements and a lot of stopping and starting as they operate, are almost perfect vehicles to have be EVs. The New York City Department of Sanitation is going to order seven electric garbage trucks from Mack Trucks, a Volvo Group subsidiary. [CleanTechnica]

Electric garbage truck (Volvo Group image, cropped)

¶ “DOE, Storage Provider Highview Power Argue Long-Duration Storage Should Be Re-Evaluated” • Governments and utilities need to rethink the way they evaluate long-duration energy storage projects to make them more economical, according to officials from the Department of Energy and energy storage companies who were on a panel. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Eastern Idaho Nuclear Reactor Project Downsized” • The Carbon-Free Power Project was to build a set of 12 small modular nuclear reactor with a total capacity of 600 MW. Planners have reduced the size of the project down to six module reactors that could produce 462 MW total. The project’s 28 participants have committed to a total of 103 MW. [Post Register]

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